When choosing a therapist to work with in a Marriage Retreat Texas setting, consider the benefits of a licensed, science-trained and ethical professional. They've had advanced training in methods designed to make your relationship work for you.
Why would your marriage deserve anything less?
The reason is simple: There is an extensive body of science-based knowledge, formulated to help troubled relationships. There is no debate. Working with a counselor with advanced training in these models provides your marriage the strongest chance to improve and grow happily together again.
Romantic getaway are great when you are getting along wonderfully and you'd like an escape. There's a great style of retreat Texas has to offer. They are called "Marriage Workshops." Here you'll plan to spend a weekend in a group setting to improve your intimate bond.
Many of our Couples Therapy Inc. therapists hold these in their private clinical practices. They include Angela Voegele, Dr. Scott Wolfe, Dr. Marni Feuerman, and Dr. Mike McNulty, who hold these psycho-educational retreats all across the USA. Find one of the many retreats Texas has to offer. Don and Carey Cole (not affiliated with Couples Therapy Inc.) offer their "Art and Science of Love" workshops on a regular basis in Houston.
You can learn more about this fun and educational workshop "The Art and Science of Love" here.
Another great option is Hold Me Tight workshops. Joe X. Cantu, MA MFT (not affiliated with Couples Therapy Inc.) offers this Texas couples retreat for under $500. It can provide you with great tools to connect emotionally in a group setting.
You'll find fabulous, fun retreats offered in the Texas hill country and all over Texas. If things are going great, try one!
Many of the psycho-educational retreats Texas has to offer aren't held by licensed psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors or marriage and family therapists. And that can be perfectly fine if massage, margaritas and a night of dancing in the moonlight is what you have in mind.
But when trouble arises in your intimate relationship, you need just one licensed mental health, professional invested in improving your marriage by offering you the best help more than 40 years of research can provide.
Call us "old fashioned" but we take objection to hosts who sponsor fun retreats or educationally oriented retreats, extending their offerings and targeting troubled couples in need of real skilled, professional help. There's no law against it. But when it comes to resolving deeper emotional issues don't leave it in the hands of the unlicensed.
Choose someone with not only an advanced degree in mental health, but someone who also has specialized training in couples therapy, sex therapy, marriage counseling, discernment counseling, or other specialized training targeting these issues.
In contrast, we only hire licensed mental health counselors that are dedicated to the work of helping troubled couples. We have over 558 years of collective wisdom in helping the most challenging issues that marriages present. These aren't gimmicks we use, but proven science-based tools perfected to help couples needing help.
We begin with an extensive individual and relationship assessment: The most complete assessment you'll find available today.
Marisa is a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in the Energy Corridor of West Houston. Marisa has an irresistible personality and has found her calling working with all relationships but specializing in those that are impacted by anxiety and depression.
Having worked for the famous Harlene Anderson of the Narrative Therapy tradition in Houston, Texas, she brings an ability to say things that "aren't fun" to people in a gentle way.
Clinical Associate - Marriage Retreat Texas, Couples Retreat Texas, Austin
Jennifer is a licensed mental health counselor and a native Texan, completing an undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Tx, before spending several years in Sarasota, Florida.
Her Texas charm and enthusiasm for working with intimate relationships has led her to obtain training in both models of science-based couples therapy.
We were tense before we came. We briefly tried couples therapy before. Before we even started the counseling, I was slightly concerned about the quality...It's a lot of money to be spending, so I wanted every assurance that it was a polished, professional program!
Jennifer Elkins left us with a better understanding of what caused the problems, we're better able to work through them. I loved it that she could relate to my ADHD issues and had a clear understanding of the stress it causes. She was warm and empathetic, and we BOTH felt an immediate and sustained connection. She was easy to trust on every level. We left understanding the causes, tools to get out of the immediate conflict, and renewed commitment. Obviously my experience was a good one in the end, but I was uncertain in the beginning.
I did not know if I could continue in the marriage. Kent MacEachern provided the guidance I needed to work toward resolution, and the understanding if it does not work, it was worth the effort to try. Kent was unbiased, down to earth, compassionate, commanded knowledge of the materials and method given his years of experience.
I gained insight into programs, theories, and realities of staying married vs. divorce. I am attempting to remove detachment and create a new, stronger bond. The therapy provided my wife a better understanding of where I am based on the support of Kent and his application of his knowledge. This will help both me and my wife understand how to proceed to work on necessary changes to how we think and act upon the issues we have.
Our relationship was cold and icy. We didn't fight much, if at all, and we lived our lives like roommates and had a difficult time opening up and getting past the boredom and dullness of a 7 year marriage with kids. Havi Klifeld was amazing! I felt very comfortable with her from the start - like I've known her my entire life or like she could be a best friend. She was very warm and inviting and really took the time to listen to my partner and I. Havi is very professional and she knows her material well. Other therapists my wife and I visited tried to teach us material from Gottman, but it wasn't presented well and it was lost on us. Havi is an excellent teacher. Couples Therapy Inc, in many respects, was our last effort to repair our relationship. However, it should have been our FIRST choice. If we had led with Couples Therapy Inc, we would have repaired our marriage years ago and with much less pain and suffering. I can't express how impressed my wife and I are with Havi. She's really amazing!
Before Couples Therapy Inc. we went to some who were totally unqualified to handle our needs. I was going to file for divorce. Lack of communication and suspicion of infidelity were the core issues. I liked everything about Lisa. She was so helpful in the way she kept us on track and figured out what we should be working on to get the maximum benefit in the time frame we had. Working with Lisa stopped a divorce, improved communication, and brought us together in a way we haven't had since we first became involved with each other romantically. Now we have tools and exercises that allow us to become much closer to each other and a direction for us to grow in for a happier and healthier relationship. It was emotionally, spiritually, and physically moving. I'm very happy I did it and will always be grateful for what it did for us.
I would recommend couples therapy even for healthy marriages.
Dan's most admirable quality as our therapist was that he seemed to genuinely want us to stay together and work to fix our marriage. I never felt like he was just coldly and indifferently going through the academic motions of a therapist.
His input felt more like a family member with a lot of training and wisdom advising us on how to better communicate, understand each other, and unpack our various individual and joint issues. Dan had a genuine humility, which made his at times challenging demands of us much more palatable. I never felt bullied or obligated to do anything.
Our relationship was AT RISK. We were in "regular" [traditional] couples’ therapy but the frequency was inadequate (1x 5-6/weeks)
Dr. Mike McNulty was an intensive listener and had a surprising ability to control the room. I had a personal breakthrough on a childhood issue and some realization of wife's childhood issues. We now have an appreciation for one another, an agreement to move forward on a defined path, and an agreement to continue individual therapy and switching to Gottman couples therapy.
We were argumentative and in despair. Reverend Jim Ramsey was nonjudgmental, accepting, wise, discerning, and strategic. He had lots of practical tools, created a peaceful environment, offered tons of life experience, and practiced gentle truth telling. With him, we processed a lot of pain and misunderstanding. I felt the heaviness lift off of my soul. Reverend Jim seemed to know exactly what had happened and why and how we could crawl our way out of this painful place we were in. He’s a very deep and approachable man. I would definitely recommend him to others. He is very gentle and kind but seems to be someone who does practice what he preaches and that’s why what he’s talking about is all real.
We were on the brink of divorce and had trust, infidelity, communication, partnership issues. My husband thought we couldn't possibly benefit from just three days. Marisa was down to earth, genuine, kind, nonjudgmental, a good listener, creative, funny, sincere, caring, compassionate. I feel like she was truly partnering with us to save our relationship. She showed that she cared about us early on and seemed to have a vested interest in seeing us succeed together and to learn to love each other better than we ever thought was possible.
We had done couples therapy several times with varying degrees of success. We have communication and trust issues, particularly my partner’s willingness to commit.
Maryanna Ham is affable, very skilled and knows how to push into the deep water. Now, there’s more honesty about where we are, more risk-taking to say what we feel/need/want.
Dr. Doug Burford, was very kind and easy to talk with. He was great at promoting spiritual involvement without feeling preached to. He was absolutely great. We feel confident in our new tools and skills that Dr. Doug has taught us. And we feel stronger that we can face future challenges together as a team. We feel we are now capable of continuing healing and communicating without hurting each other. We don’t fear a potential conflict. We know each other on a deeper level that we never knew existed and now we can pursue getting stronger.
We had an amazing experience with Couples Therapy Inc. The whole process has helped us so much.
Before the retreat our relationship was horrible!!! We tried other couples therapy and it was not successful at all...y'all offered something drastic and different and that is what we needed.
We have a better understanding of managing the gridlock and when to step back and deal with certain emotions that are not productive. We have understanding, patience, and acceptance when we don’t agree.
We walked away laughing and having such a great time!!! We are dedicated to our marriage and Alisha Powell gave us the tools we needed to stay dedicated. I hate knowing people aren't aware of Couples Therapy Inc. before divorce papers are signed. This system can save marriages and it can prevent marriages from happening.
Just truly amazing—thank you for dedicating your lives to something that helps other lives.
Our marriage was very troubled. We had trouble communicating and resolving issues.
We had tried couples therapy several times, and it was a waste of time and money. We were worried that this therapy would be as ineffective as that other therapy we tried. Jenny Fang was well researched, intuitive, and positive. She helped us focus on building a better future rather than arguing about the past. Now we are more appreciative of each other and able to engage in effective communication, I have a better understanding of where we each come from and how that affects how we, each, perceive the world. I also have a better appreciation of the goodness in my partner. For a couple in trouble this has been the best experience.
We were on the brink of divorce. Barely speaking. I was afraid there was no hope and couples therapy would solidify that. I had brought my partner to my individual therapist. It was not successful. I found it hard to talk about my past. Dr. Gorman was amazing, nonjudgmental, and was able to help us open up and be honest with each other in safe environment. We are able to understand the other person better and have new tools to keep us from attacking when we are angry or withdrawn.
My husband and I are able to identify the triggers in our relationship, we can communicate without fear and we now have options to help us calm down and focus on what is important. Thank you, Dr. Gorman. You are a wonderful person and the best therapist we have ever met. I am so grateful for your expertise and patience. Our New Year is filled with hope and love.
I appreciate very much Angela's efforts with my spouse and I during this past week. These sessions opened my eyes to many of the marriage issues between us and I believe they helped deepen our love and commitment to one another.
Also, the sessions were not as hard as I expected them to be.
Angela is that reason. Her patience, softness and her understanding helped to bring us together and enabled us to see for ourselves what is most important in our lives and marriage.
If you are wondering why I became silent and withdrawn during our session, it's because I was crying from joy internally. I am really so relieved that we don't have to give up, but that we can work on building up after a past that we had no control over. You have no idea what it meant to me that he who is sometimes so stubborn, agreed to individual counselling. You make it worthwhile to keep going with the way that you do things. I see a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Thank you so much for your help and the nice way you handle things. We are already taking better steps forward.
Our relationship could be described as: Terminal. We tried couples therapy before, but not an intensive. Intensives should be the norm. Marni was excellent. She caught everything and didn’t let us not reveal issues between us. She was attentive and candid. She kept us to point. We now have improved communication, a greater understanding of my spouse issues and tools to make our relationship better. Improved tremendously. We will definitely use Marni again. She is great!!!
Nancy is that rare and wonderful combination of kind, compassionate, clear and focused. She is an amazing listener, but simply being heard (with past marriage counselors) has never been enough. With her as our skillful guide, we were able to each get at core concerns and reach a deeper understanding of what we are bringing to the table. We also felt she was a cheerleader and totally in our corner. We had a difficult but wonderful weekend and left feeling changed and with new hope for our future together.
Thanks Dr. R! It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us! We will get on our homework and schedule a follow-up soon.
Again, many thanks for helping us with your approach and care!
Before working with Couples Therapy Inc. we felt disconnect and trouble communicating our needs. Jack O’Leary made us think and helped us to go within and find the answers ourselves! He created a gentle safe space. He listened and was able to always be objective whilst remaining sensitive to us. I loved his empowering solution-based approach.
We were hesitant to start because of the big financial investment. However, now we both remembered how much we love each other and how amazing our marriage can be. I became a lot more aware of my need to communicate my own needs clearly to my husband. I felt I could ask myself "what is this anger/frustration telling me about my needs and how can I clearly and lovingly communicate that."
It is the best $ we have invested for our family!!! I felt reconnected to and loved by my husband again. I felt I could communicate my needs to him better. I felt hope, optimism and enthusiasm about remaining married to my husband.
Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems. We were concerned about the cost, given the value of our past therapy. But I wanted to improve my intimate relationship with my spouse. This therapy was successful and effective. It gave us exactly what we needed to address, we resolved issues verses fighting about them. We have better intimacy, regular relationship, and overall feeling of closeness. The ability to discuss verses arguing. Overall, it was excellent and effective. Our therapist was excellent and high quality. Dr. Wolfe was excellent. He did an outstanding job.
I was hesitant about spending a substantial amount of money with no results. However, our relationship was almost over. We had poor communication and high-stress levels. This was more of a scientific approach. Dr. K was very neutral and explained things very well.
It's only been a week but our relationship has definitely improved. We have better communication and understanding each other better and the stress level between us has also decreased. I had no hope before going to see Kathy. Now I know we've got a chance to mend our relationship.
I would definitely recommend Couples Therapy Inc.
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